Allison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said she welcomed the We Believe You campaign launched by Mumsnet to provide support for victims of sexual attacks:
Rape and sexual assault are dreadful crimes and ones that are often difficult for someone to report because of fear, shame and embarrassment. As the Mumsnet survey shows, victims can also be reticent to come forward for fear of being demonised in court and even in the media.
A survey of more than 1,600 women has revealed that a tenth of those who responded had been raped and a third had been sexually assaulted. More than four in five of the victims did not report the attack to police due to concerns over low conviction rates, embarrassment and shame, the figures showed.
The survey was conducted by the parenting website Mumsnet, which is launching a campaign calling for better support for sex attack victims.